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The Definitive Ranking Of Parents In One Tree Hill

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Also this list is strictly about how the characters acted as parents, not about how cool or great they were otherwise

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20. Nicki

Downfalls: abandoned her daughter and randomly wanted her back without warningRedeeming moments: impressive side eye

Downfalls: abandoned her daughter and randomly wanted her back without warning

Redeeming moments: impressive side eye

19. Dan Scott

Downfalls: insanely competitive, abandoned one of his sons, murdered his brother

Redeeming moments: surprisingly a good grandpa, saved Nathan's life

18. Ted Davis

Downfalls: missed Brooke's wedding, was absent most of her life, called her "thick" when she was 15, and didn't let her have any input in her own clothing line Redeeming moments: when he watched the Burning Boat with Victoria and Brooke at the end of the series

Downfalls: missed Brooke's wedding, was absent most of her life, called her "thick" when she was 15, and didn't let her have any input in her own clothing line

Redeeming moments: when he watched the Burning Boat with Victoria and Brooke at the end of the series

17. Ellie Harper

Downfalls: it was a closed adoption but she kinda showed up anyway

Redeeming moments: she was a good mom while she was around

16. Deb Scott

Downfalls: chose pills over Nathan, attempted to murder Dan, and dated Skills

Redeeming moments: funny and truly did care for Nathan

15. Victoria Davis

Downfalls: totally manipulative, mostly ignored Brooke in high school, and made her a criminal later in life

Redeeming moments: she really came around as the series went on and always had a witty comment ready

14. Larry Sawyer

Downfalls: left Peyton alone in pretty much throughout all of high school and briefly dated Karen which was weirdRedeeming moments: when he told Peyton to tell Brooke she needed a new hot dad fantasy

Downfalls: left Peyton alone in pretty much throughout all of high school and briefly dated Karen which was weird

Redeeming moments: when he told Peyton to tell Brooke she needed a new hot dad fantasy

13. Clay Evans

Downfalls: literally suppressed any memories of his son for years

Redeeming moments: eventually realized he had a son

12. Quinn Evans

Hard to say, considering we didn't get to see her be a mom for very long but I think everyone's hearts melted at this moment

11. Jimmy James

Downfalls: was absent for half of Haley's high school lifeRedeeming moments: his speech at Haley and Nathan's wedding party

Downfalls: was absent for half of Haley's high school life

Redeeming moments: his speech at Haley and Nathan's wedding party

10. Andy Hargrove

Downfalls: stepped in to fill Keith's placeRedeeming moments: stepped in to fill Keith's place

Downfalls: stepped in to fill Keith's place

Redeeming moments: stepped in to fill Keith's place

9. Julian Baker

Downfalls: left Davis in the car for too long

Redeeming moments: felt horrible about it and made really adorable babies

8. Lydia James

Downfalls: was absent for half of Haley's high school lifeRedeeming moments: so kind and loving all the time to everyone

Downfalls: was absent for half of Haley's high school life

Redeeming moments: so kind and loving all the time to everyone

7. Lucas Scott

Downfalls: unknown cause he and Peyton left abruptly...Redeeming moments: was a great uncle to Jamie and could probably support his family by modeling if writing didn't work out

Downfalls: unknown cause he and Peyton left abruptly...

Redeeming moments: was a great uncle to Jamie and could probably support his family by modeling if writing didn't work out

6. Peyton Sawyer-Scott

Downfalls: unknown cause her and Lucas left abruptly...

Redeeming moments: was going to sacrifice her life if it came down to it while she was in labor

5. Karen Roe

Downfalls: sometimes she could be blahRedeeming moments: always gave good advice and was a strong single mom for Lucas

Downfalls: sometimes she could be blah

Redeeming moments: always gave good advice and was a strong single mom for Lucas

4. Haley James-Scott

Downfalls: her son was abducted

Redeeming moments: pretty much everything else in the show

3. Nathan Scott

Downfalls: his son was abducted

Redeeming moments: not being anything like Dan

2. Brooke Davis-Baker

Downfalls: none that I can think of

Redeeming moments: wanted to be a mom so badly, fostered a kid, was an amazing godmother to Jamie and a great mom to her twins, and even created a clothing line for them

1. Jake Jagielski

Downfalls: left the showRedeeming moments: raised Jenny all by himself and kept her safe from Nikki

Downfalls: left the show

Redeeming moments: raised Jenny all by himself and kept her safe from Nikki

Bottom line is how did Brooke, Lucas, Peyton, Nathan, and Haley all become good parents when their parents were either horrible or absent for most of their lives?

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